Thursday, August 23, 2012

zoo trip

We took our first trip to the zoo since school started sans Micah which was sad for me but his brothers didn't seem to notice.  Our friend Cathi and her youngest son Idan joined us for our visit and we had a great time.  The weather was gorgeously cool and breezy so the animals were actually out and about.  All the boys seemed to have a good time and listening to the two of those little independent spirits was very entertaining. 

   During the train ride I got a picture of me and Connor and Logan.  
After looking at them all I could think was...

There's no earthly way of knowing

Which direction we are going

There's no knowing where we're rowing

Or which way the river's flowing

Is it raining, is it snowing

Is a hurricane a-blowing

Not a speck of light is showing

So the danger must be growing

Are the fires of Hell a-glowing

Is the grisly reaper mowing

Yes, the danger must be growing

For the rowers keep on rowing

And they're certainly not showing

Any signs that they are slowing 

Monday, August 20, 2012

wagon rides

On the road

Connor was trying to be sweet

This is what he got for it

Sunday, August 19, 2012

sunday song

It's a better place
Standing high upon this mountain
I've seen your face
Full of the light that only this height can show
A blistered hand is what you've given
But you've been given all you'll ever need to know

So walk down this mountain
With your heart held high
Follow in the footsteps of your make
With this love that's gone before you
And these people at your side
If you offer up your broken cup
You will taste the meaning of this life

It's a common ground
And I see we're all still standing
Just look around and you'll find
The very face of God
He's walking down into the distance
He's walking down to where the masses are

We're standing in a place of peace
But this is how the world should be
How the world should be
(Walk down this mountain with your heart held high)
How the world should be
(Walk down this mountain with you heart held high)
How the world should be
(Walk down this mountain with your heart held high)
How the world should be

Thursday, August 16, 2012

9 months

3/4 of a year down!  Big Logi Bear is 9 months old.  He...

*  weighs 21.5 pounds (75-90%) and is 27.75 inches (25-50%)
*  was sleeping through the night technically until we had a couple weeks in a row of different sleeping arrangements so that kind of messed it up. He  is just now only waking up just once again.
*  takes two hour long naps (as in two naps each being an hour long not two hour long naps which would be awesome but yeah he hasn't blessed me with that yet) during the day.  For the past two weeks the afternoon one has been during picking up Micah from school which means I have one hour at home a day where he is asleep and it's not when Connor is resting.  Do I sound like I'm complaining, cause I'm not...I promise ;)
*can crawl like a mad man.  He totally skipped the infantry crawl that he's brothers were so fond of and went straight to all fours.  This means he gets into absolutely everything and has bruises all over him because he gets into absolutely everything.
*pulls up on anything that stands still and doesn't stand still but that's not as easy
*has become picky about eating.  Some days he does great and eats everything I have for him and some days he looks at me like I'm crazy to even suggest he eat anything at all.  
*can pincher grasp which has opened up his foods to cheerios and puffs.  I also gave him a bite of my noni cheese one day and he ended up devouring a bowl of it.
*has learned finished in sign language which is really cute because he also shakes his head side to side when he does it.
*Thinks Micah and Connor are absolutely hilarious when they yell and tries to copy them.
*very vocal in his babbling 
*still puts absolutely anything in his mouth so I'm constantly staring at the floor around him to see what he might try to ingest 
*learning how to 'give' kisses
*is preciously cute, squishy and sweet.

Monday, August 13, 2012

occupy patio

At some point in the last couple weeks our neighbors decided they no longer wanted their house so they left it.  It's the fourth house in the last few months that people have just abandoned in the neighborhood and it's quite frustrating.  As much as I want to hate them and say it's not fair because I want to move too but I'm not just going to up and leave, I have to remember that I don't know their story or what might have given them the thought/reality that there was no other choice to make.  This is not easy AT ALL.  

What makes it even more difficult is the three new visitors we have in our backyard.  Left behind were five cats (that we know of).  Two have taken residence in the backyard of our across the street neighbors.  Three, one cat and two kittens, have decided to stake their claim on our backyard.  Occupy Patio!  The cat only comes around when it's hungry but there's a little gray and white kitten and an all white kitten that pretty much never leave unless we come out there.  The gray one is pretty brave and has let us touch it a couple times.

Although they will not be coming inside my home, (seriously there's not enough room for us let alone more animals) I can not let them starve to death so we'll keep feeding them and letting them hang out for however long they want to.  We don't know if they are boys or girls but Micah has named the gray one scratch because it scratches at the door all the time and the white one Emma but I have no idea why.  The big cat he named Jacob yesterday.  My votes were Katniss, Peeta and Gale but Micah didn't agree :*(

Sunday, August 12, 2012

week end review

Micah finished his first full week of Kindergarten last week and shared a lot of fun things and nervous things about how it all went.

*  The boys he knows from preschool are in other classes but he has already talked about some new friends he's met.  Their names are Griffin, Charlie, Aidan and Lindsay.  When he told me about Lindsay he followed it up with but he's a boy.  I am looking forward to eating lunch with him soon so I can meet his new buds.

*  He says his teacher is funny.

*  I've made his lunch everyday because he's afraid if he buys lunch at school they'll make him eat a vegetable.

*  On Thursday morning he almost had a meltdown on the way because he was just so exhausted.  I'm assuming the week had finally caught up with him.  Thankfully I got a smile out of him about five minutes before we made it to school and he walked in great.  Ironically, he was the most talkative after school this day than any other.

*  They had a fire drill one day which he thought was the most fun thing.  He said they practiced lining up really fast and he mimicked it for me in his seat.  It was hilarious.

*  His least favorite part of the day is waiting in the lunchroom after school while I make my way through the car rider pick up line.

I finished off the week completely exhausted.  Between getting up two hours earlier than I had been used to this summer, not getting a full nights sleep ever and still trying to figure out the napping/resting schedules of Connor and Logan it was a draining week for me.  However, nothing could put a damper on that moment Micah stepped back in the car in the afternoon with a huge smile and full of stories.  I'm so excited that he's loving Kindergarten so far.  I'm sure there are going to be difficult days mixed in.  I'm not living in a dream world and thinking that all days are awesome days for him but it's been nice starting out in a very positive way.

on his feet

Someone learned how to pull up and he's pretty pumped about it!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

visit from mimi and papa

A couple weeks ago my parents came to spend the week with us before schools started again.  We all had a great time and took quite a few field trips.  

The boys and I took them to Zoo Atlanta for the day because zoos are awesome and that was one they'd never been to.  Apparently it was really bad when we were little and they felt too bad for the animals to go see it.  Birds are one of my dad's favorite things so Micah and Connor went through the parakeet house and fed them with seed sticks which they had never gotten a chance to do before.

My mom and I snuck away one day to eat at the Blue Willow and do some antiquing.  We both got dressed up, the food was delicious and while the shops weren't the best we'd been to we found an awesome book selection at one.  One of the stores had a bunch of life size dolls in it and the lady who runs it was talking to one of them about their hair.  CREEPY!

On Saturday morning we took them to the Monastery which was totally up my mom's alley.  They recently built on a huge addition with some shops, visitor's center and museum.  Zach and I hadn't had a chance to go there yet so we were excited to finally visit. The boys did great and actually stayed quiet during the historical/day in the life video and the walk through the chapel.  We walked down to the lake to feed the ducks who are known for their bravery in dealing with people.  It didn't both the boys a bit but they freaked me out big time.  

Other events of the week were going to Scoops, breakfast at Dunkin' Donuts, seeing Micah's school, watching the Opening Ceremonies, teaching the Settlers of Catan, daddy mowing the grass, and mama doing the ironing and cleaning my kitchen :)

Great week!